A study by American Addiction Centers found that US truckers had the highest frequency of positive alcohol tests in the world. In fact, since January 2020, more than 72,000 truck drivers have been taken off the road because they failed the drug tests required by the Drug & Alcohol Clearinghouse. Additionally, an alarming 91% of truckers interviewed drank alcohol, and 82.5% used amphetamines on the job. These stats are from truckers registered in states across the country.
Alcohol Use Stats
Through the first three months of 2021, there were 367 alcohol violations reported to the Clearinghouse compared to 1,185 alcohol violations throughout all of 2020. The alcohol limit is .04% for CDL truckers, meaning even a single beer can make a trucker over the limit. However, for a good reason, due to the mere size and weight of a truck, any accident will be devastating for everyone involved.
Drug Use Stats
The August 2021 Clearinghouse Monthly Report showed notable increases in all the top drug use categories, with most of the positive tests being for marijuana. The stats below report the number of positive drug tests for the first eight months of 2021 compared with a year ago.
- Marijuana: 21,438, up from 18,252
- Cocaine: 5,913, up from 5,233
- Methamphetamines: 3,526, up from 3,379
- All 14 drug panels: 39,785, up from 35,252
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